October 26, 2010


According to WBEZ this morning (as well as an email Rod sent to me), Chicago is supposed to experience the strongest storm it's had in 35 - 70 years today. A tornado watch has been issued and power lines are down here and there, but other than that I'm wondering what specifically is going to make this storm so horrible. I walked to the shuttle stop this morning while fighting powerful gusts of wind and a light rain, but I feel that there's been worse weather since I've been here...I think. Maybe it's just not so bad in Evanston at the moment...maybe its intensity will increase as the day wears on.

Right now I'm hanging out in the lounge (what a killer view we have here! A straight shot at a downtown city scape!) waiting for my lesson at 10:00 and watching clouds sailing over the wind-buffeted lake Michigan. I've practiced a ton for this lesson, but still feel that I'm less prepared than I wish I could be. The NUSO concert this past Saturday went fantastically well and I was pretty much at the top of my game. It was good to log a performance I feel satisfied with, but for the rest of the week I'll be battling just to survive on my horn. We're playing Holst "The Planets" in rep class today, I'm playing 1st on Tchaik V on Thursday, and we've got a batch of new orchestra music that (some of it anyway) is quite challenging.

Somebody just walked in the lounge and said the Intercampus Shuttle service is running 2 busses behind...it must be a mess out there somewhere. My guess is there are power outages all over that have knocked out traffic signals...thank goodness I don't have to drive anywhere!

I just walked outside and took some better pictures...check out that sky!

I can't help but be enamored with the colors here...I swear it's all natural too!

This seagull looks a little nervous about having to fly into the hulking mass of clouds looming on the horizon...I don't blame him one bit!


  1. Hello Kelly! It's Bruce Sullivan. I visited this evening with your mom and Rod; they gave me your blog address. Hope you don't mind if I poke my "e-self" into your life once in a while. From your blog and your Mom's comments it sounds like you're up to your eyeballs, or at least your embouchure (I have no idea if that's spelled correctly) in academic and musical pursuits. Just want to wish you all the best. I think you're terrific; just had to tell you again.
    Best of everything to you.